Renowned breast surgeon to provide services at Community Howard Regional Health
May 6, 2016—Community Howard Regional Health announced today that Dr. Robert Goulet Jr., MD, a highly accomplished breast surgeon and oncologist, is now performing consultations and surgeries at Community Howard Regional Health.
Goulet is a board certified general surgeon, specializing in breast surgical oncology. Goulet is a provider with Community Physician Network and the medical director of Community Health Network’s Community Breast Care program. He is now extending his services to Community Howard in Kokomo.
“Dr. Goulet is a highly respected physician with a wealth of knowledge and experience and to now have his services available at Community Howard is a major accomplishment,” said Joe Hooper, president of Community Howard Regional Health. “Dr. Goulet will be working in tandem with our oncology team, nurses and technicians to provide a coordinated treatment plan for each patient. We are very proud to be able to offer the community this level of patient care right here in Kokomo.”
Along with Community Howard’s three other oncologists, Goulet has been certified by MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of MD Anderson Cancer Center. Goulet has a long and distinguished career in medicine and has lectured and published extensively on breast cancer.
“This is an exciting opportunity to join a talented team at Community Howard,” said Goulet. “There’s a great collaborative treatment process already in place and I look forward to building on the services that are available in Kokomo. Joining Community Howard will allow me to provide care to the Kokomo community in a location that’s much more convenient for the residents here.”
Community Howard’s oncology team also consists of a nurse navigator who assists patients throughout their treatment process.
Goulet was ranked in the top 1 percent in his field according to US News and World Report and has been on Indianapolis Monthly's "Top Doctors" list for surgery for several years. He was recognized by the Indiana Cancer Consortium with the "Outstanding Contribution to Cancer Control Award" for 2012. He was also named a Sagamore of the Wabash honoree, the state of Indiana’s highest award for service, by Governor Joseph E. Kernan.
Originally from New York, Goulet has lived in Indiana since 1986 and considers himself a Hoosier. He received his medical degree from The State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, and completed his residency and fellowship at SUNY Downstate as well. Goulet is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Breast Surgeons, the Hoosier Oncology Group, the American College of Surgeons, and the National Consortium of Breast Centers.
Community Howard Regional Health welcomes new pediatric orthopedic surgeon
April 28, 2016—Community Howard Regional Health announced today that Dr. Courtney Holland, a board-certified and fellowship-trained pediatric orthopedic surgeon, has joined the hospital.
Dr. Holland joins orthopedic physicians Clifford Evans, Mohammad Nekoomaram and Joshua Kluetz at Community Howard Orthopedic Center, located at 3512 South Lafountain Street in Kokomo. Dr. Holland will treat both adults and children.
“We are very pleased to have Dr. Holland join our orthopedic team at Community Howard as he brings a new dimension to the level of care that’s available in Kokomo,” said Joe Hooper, president at Community Howard Regional Health. “Dr. Holland’s experience and expertise in pediatric orthopedic surgery will be a tremendous resource to the community. Instead of having to travel to receive surgery for their child’s broken arm, parents will now be able to receive that same level of care for their children close to home at Community Howard.”
Dr. Holland attended medical school at Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine. Upon graduation, he entered active military service and completed his residency at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center/Texas Tech Health Science Center in El Paso, Texas. He then completed a pediatric orthopedic fellowship at the Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora, Colorado.
“I’m excited to be a part of the Community Physician Network and to have the opportunity to work alongside the group of dedicated physicians and caregivers at Community Howard Regional Health,” said Dr. Holland. “There’s a strong commitment to providing exceptional patient care at Community Howard and I’m pleased to now be a part of that effort.”
Community Howard Regional Health lifts visitor restrictions
April 13, 2016—Community Howard Regional Health announced today that visitor restrictions at the hospital had been lifted due to a steady decline in the number of reported influenza cases.
Regular hospital visitation policies have now resumed at both main campus and Community Howard Specialty Hospital. Visitor restrictions are also being lifted at all Community Health Network Indianapolis-area hospitals. The temporary restrictions had been in place at area hospitals since March 11.
Community Howard thanks its patients and visitors for their cooperation in helping to implement the temporary restrictions as part of our commitment to ensuring patient safety.
During cold and flu season, all visitors to the hospital are still encouraged to follow good hand washing techniques and cover their coughs. Visitors experiencing flu-like symptoms are encouraged to stay home until they have recovered from their illness.
Community Howard Regional Health implements temporary visitor restrictions due to increased flu activity
Due to increased flu activity, Community Howard Regional Health will implement temporary visitor restrictions at its Lafountain Road hospital location and also at Community Howard Specialty Hospital on North Dixon Road.
The temporary visitor policy goes into effect Friday, March 11. Community Howard is working closely with other Community Health Network hospitals in central Indiana, which will also implement restrictions beginning Friday.
The following restrictions will be implemented at Community Howard:
- No visitors with flu-like illness, fever or cough
- No visitors under age 18
- No visitors other than patient’s immediate family, partner, significant other or spiritual counselor
“The safety of the patients under our care at Community Howard is always our top priority,” said Joe Hooper, president, Community Howard Regional Health. “This is a temporary and precautionary measure that will help us maintain a healthy environment for those patients.”
The visitor restrictions will remain in place until Community Howard officials determine they should be lifted based on local flu activity. All visitors that come to Community Howard are encouraged to be vigilant about hand washing and covering coughs.
George Mast joins Community Howard Regional Health as new communications, public relations contact
March 10, 2016—Community Howard Regional Health announced today that George Mast has joined the region as its new manager of communications and public relations. Mast replaces Al Larsen, who was recently named executive director of content and communications for Community Health Network.
Mast comes to Community Howard from the New Jersey Senate Minority Office in Trenton, N.J., where he served as deputy director of communications. Prior to that, Mast worked as a reporter for newspapers in Cherry Hill, N.J., and Dover, Del. Mast has a bachelor of arts from the University of Delaware.
Dr. Deshini Moonesinghe named chief medical officer for Community Howard Regional Health
January 25, 2016—Community Howard Regional Health announced today that Deshini Moonesinghe, MD, FACP, has been named senior vice president and chief medical officer for the Howard Region.
Dr. Moonesinghe, a Community Physician Network provider, will be part of a dyad leadership arrangement, in partnership with Community Howard president Joe Hooper. Dr. Moonesinghe will work with Hooper, the Community Howard senior leadership team, the region’s employed and independent providers, and other clinicians across all product lines and sites of care in the region.
“Dr. Moonesinghe brings a wealth of talent and leadership skills to this role,” said Hooper. “Those skills, coupled with her commitment to our ‘patients-first’ approach, made her an ideal candidate to lead our medical staff. We are very pleased to welcome her to our senior leadership team.”
Dr. Moonesinghe has been serving as lead hospitalist at Community Howard Regional Health. She has been responsible for inpatient admission, diagnosis, treatment, and discharge, as well as patient and family education, and coordination of care management with subspecialties.
She has been employed at Community Howard since completing her internal medicine residency and has been instrumental in starting the hospitalist program in 2010. She also brought the Life’s Journey inpatient palliative care program to Community Howard.
Dr. Moonesinghe was named physician of the year at Community Howard in 2014.
“I have great respect for the medical staff and the caregivers that comprise the Howard Region, and I am extremely honored to assume this leadership role among them,” said Moonesinghe. “I have always been very invested in the well-being of this community and I humbly embrace the opportunity to lead our growing and compassionate provider group.”